Is the Abp. of Canterbury Getting B16-Slapped?

Is the Archbishop of Canterbury getting b-slapped, that is, B16-slapped?

It’s inconceivable that our Holy Father Pope Benedict would slap or lay hands on Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the world’s Anglicans. Nevertheless, as I watch scenes of the Holy Father walking around with the Queen or sitting in Westminster hall, I can’t help but notice the sheepish Archbishop of Canterbury keeping his head down in the background.

The power of the Pope in the presence of the Archbishop subtly mocks the established Protestantism of England. When you see the Successor of Saint Peter, Pope Benedict XVI, sitting enthroned at Westminster hall, you can’t help but think: “Yeah, all these churches, even the souls of the people, belongs by irrevocable right to the Holy Catholic Church. The traditions, the buildings, and even the anointed monarchy go back to England’s papist roots.

I wager that Rowan Williams (whom I believe is the second worst “Archbishop of Canterbury” after Thomas Cranmer) feels dwarfed. I also bet that he and others realize the Pope’s presence is a quiet judgment against a 500 year experiment that has failed miserably under Rowan’s watch: nationalized Protestantism in the form of Anglicanism.

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  • Tregonsee

    I recognize the enthusiasm of the new convert, and the usual need to denigrate the traditions you have left, but here you overreach.  One should be more concerned by God’s judgment, rather than where B-16 is allowed by temporal and other denominations to preach, welcome though that is. 

  • Tregonsee

    I recognize the enthusiasm of the new convert, and the usual need to denigrate the traditions you have left, but here you overreach.  One should be more concerned by God’s judgment, rather than where B-16 is allowed by temporal and other denominations to preach, welcome though that is. 

  • steve dalton

    Considering how he’s lost so many Anglicans to our Holy Father, I’d be hanging my head down low too! Perhaps he was afraid he would be the next to go! LOL!

  • Pseudomodo

    I have to admit that Rowan has the better sign-of-the-cross blessing!

  • Pseudomodo

    I have to admit that Rowan has the better sign-of-the-cross blessing!

  • Tony Clark

    It COULD be possible that the Archbishop of Canterbury is actually being just a generous and gracious host. This graciousness by him and the British people has been amazing (in spite of the irritation by a few secularists), and has been shown wherever the Pope has gone. In my opinion, the highlight of graciousness by him was shown in the Service of Evensong at Westminster Abbey,(see http://www.thepapalvisit.org.uk/Replay-the-Visit/Watch-Again/Westminster-Abbey-Evening-Prayer).
    Everyone knows of your intense disdain for Anglicanism; you may not have helped but, “notice the sheepish Archbishop of Canterbury keeping his head down in the background”. But to take this disdain as fodder for a characterization of one we personally do not know with regard to this occasion is wrong (especially when based images in news coverage).
    I’m certainly no fan of Archbishop Williams. He is a lousy archbishop. But this visit was indeed an historic, far-reaching event. The Queen knew it (she invited him), the Pope knew it, and Archbishop Williams knew it. I certainly find myself reeling from it. I would submit that if he indeed had his head down, it might have very well been in reflection.